More About Me!

I was tagged by Ciara Ballintyne to answer these questions and challenged to tag 12 more people. So here goes:

Astrological Sign: Sagittarius. I’m the Katniss Everdeen of astrology signs.
Middle Name: James. Harry James Potter.
Hair color: Brown
Biggest Fear: Death
Quirks: There a lot of them. I like to do things in order and I won’t eat soft noodles.
Age: 27
Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Diet Coke
Favorite Hobby: Reading/Writing
Favorite Sport: Billiards/pool
Favorite candy: Butterscotch
Favorite Musician/Singer: Ellie Goulding
Favorite actor: Robin Williams
Favorite author: JK Rowling
Place you want to go you’ve never been: Germany
Favorite flower: Moonflower
Trait You Find Attractive in Others: Quirky nerdiness
Favorite TV Show: Doctor Who
Favorite snack food: Relish trays with veggies, dips, and cheese.
Favorite bit of Geekery: My Harry Potter books in their cardboard treasure chest. And yes, I put the stickers on it!

Reader Questionnaire About Me

Author Jackie Smith has invited readers to discuss themselves with a questionnaire. At first I worried I wasn’t interesting enough to answer all of the questions. I’m a bit of a writer hermit with the complexion of Sméagol from Lord of the Rings. But I soon discovered I rock pretty hard, thanks to Jackie. You can find her original post here and my friend Cinta’s here. Be sure and tag all of us so we can keep the blog chain rolling.

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1. What is your favorite book?
People will say it’s everyone’s favorite for sure, but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is mine. I don’t think I’ve seen so much action and emotion packed into a novel. There’s the battle of the seven potters, Bill and Fleur’s wedding, even a bank heist. It really doesn’t get better.

2. What are your goals? For the year? For your life?
I would like to get a full-time teaching job and expand my local poetry group. Also, as far as my life goes, go on adventures and see the world. I also want to find the right person and fall in love someday, but I’m in no hurry. There’s a girl I like and she makes me happy. That’s enough for right now.

3. Are you a writer? If so, tell me about your work.
I’m a crazy writer who never really chose a genre. I write poetry, fan fiction, and the occasional short play. But poetry is what I write the most: I enjoy romantic and cosmic themes mainly because those are what I enjoy reading myself.

4. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Probably Germany or Dallas, Texas. I have many wonderful friends in Dallas. But I’d like to see Harry Potter World too. Or Hogwarts. Hogwarts is totally real.

5. What was the last movie you saw in the theater and was it worthwhile?
The last movie I saw in theaters was Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. It was worthwhile, but sad. I realize it may be the last film in which I see Robin Williams.

6. I’m curious, are there any books that you’ve tried to read and simply couldn’t finish? This is a no judgment zone.
Ender’s Game and A Tale of Two Cities. I’ve tried several times over the years and never managed it. But I will finish a Dickens book someday: I have faith.

7. Are you currently working on a new book/project right now? If it’s secret, you don’t have to tell me about it. If so, however, I hope it’s going well.
Of course, I’ll tell you. No secrets between us. I’m working on a sequel to a short story I wrote two years ago. It’s about three kids who change history in a magic zeppelin. This particular installment will deal with Harry Houdini and the First World War.

8. If you could live in any of your favorite books, which one would you choose?
I would choose Oz from the Wizard of Oz series. There are endless adventures and characters to visit. Also, if you’re a native you can’t die.

9. Are there any book-to-movie adaptations that you think are just incredible? That you absolutely hated?
I can’t think of any I hated. I often dislike them because their interpretation is vastly different from my own. Narnia and Harry Potter are good movies, but nothing like I saw the books. The books were another world to me: fantastic and daring escapes into magic. I think it’s hard to capture that same intensity on film. Jurassic Park on the other hand I actually liked better than the book. There’s just something more visually appealing about seeing dinosaurs.

10. What do you look for in a book that you want to read? What’s the first thing to capture your attention?
The cover or title will usually catch me. Then the description, reviews, and sample on Amazon. Most of time, I’m already interested because someone has recommended it.

11. If you’re an author, what do you do when you first get an idea for a book? I make a playlist and create a secret Pinterest board.
I just start writing. Some people do notes or brainstorming, but it helps most when I see words on the page. I have started using Pinterest however and it helps inspire me.

12. How do you feel about different genres? Romance? YA? Sci-Fi? Poetry? Do you have any favorites? Any least-favorites?
Poetry, fantasy, and sci-fi will always be my favorite. I’m not a big fan of paranormal fiction, but I loved Jacqueline E. Smith’s book Cemetery Tours. It felt different from everything else I’ve read. She has incredible talent and gift for writing characters.

13. If you could meet any writer in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
JK Rowling is my hero. I would totally play Muggle quidditch with her.

14. Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
Definitely fiction. I like to explore different worlds and hang out with dragons.

15. Are there any characters that everyone loves that you can’t stand? Or vice versa?
I dislike Edward and Bella from Twilight. I haven’t read the books, but I saw the first film. Neither one seems to have very much depth.

16. What do you like to do besides reading/writing?
My other great passion is education. It’s wonderful to help people discover learning and reach their potential.

17. If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
I’d like to be remembered as someone who made a difference: whether it is through writing or teaching.

18. What is your favorite guilty pleasure book? I love YA and Nicholas Sparks.
You should never feel guilty for enjoying a book. But I do like comic books, though I only own a couple. Also, books of comic strips like Dilbert or Garfield. People might say 27 year olds should feel guilty for liking them, but those people are boring.

19. Do you have a reading goal set for this year?
I’m not a big fan of reading goals. I just want to read whenever I’m in the mood for it.

20. Tell me anything about yourself that I haven’t asked. Random fact. Weird human trick. Whatever. Example: I can pop my shoulder out of its socket. It’s gross.
I can only snap my fingers on certain days. I usually exclaim during these that it’s a “snapping day,” and feel lucky. But it doesn’t last long. I usually can only snap three of four times.

Blog Hoppin’

Thanks to my friend Scott Morgan for tagging me on his blog WriteHook.  I’ve known Scott’s writing for some time and was lucky enough to meet him in Dallas last year.

Scott has asked me to answer some questions and pass them around to a couple friends. In the coming days Chris McQueeney and Nikki Sherman will answer these questions as well.

Read Scott’s responses here.

1. What am I working on?

I am currently working on a full-length poetry collection titled Inhale the Night.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?

Inhale the Night is my first full-length collection.  It has a wide variety of different styles ranging from free verse to haiku, tanka, and a short epic.  I don’t think I’ve seen so many elements work seamlessly together.

3. Why do I write what I do?

Recently, I have written poetry.  I like the challenge and the beauty in finding the right words.  I see things differently when I finish creating something and I hope others do too. Also, it keeps me from going crazy and that helps everyone.

4. How does my writing process work?

I’m very meticulous when I write.  People will tell you to just write and edit later, but I’ve never managed it.  If I see something wrong I stop and work it out.  I’m compulsive like that.